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away

[uh-wey] /əˈweɪ/
adverb
1.
from this or that place; off:
to go away.
2.
aside; to another place; in another direction: to turn your eyes away; to turn away customers.
3.
far; apart:
away back; away from the subject.
4.
out of one's possession or use:
to give money away.
5.
out of existence or notice; into extinction:
to fade away; to idle away the morning.
6.
incessantly or relentlessly; repeatedly:
He kept hammering away.
7.
without hesitation:
Fire away.
adjective
8.
absent; gone:
to be away from home.
9.
distant:
six miles away.
10.
immediately off and on the way:
The order was given and he was away.
11.
Sports. played in a ball park, arena, or the like, other than the one that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team:
winners in their last three away games.
Compare home (def 15).
12.
Baseball. having been put out:
with two away in the top of the seventh.
13.
Golf.
  1. (of a golf ball) lying farthest from the hole.
  2. (of a golfer) having hit such a ball and being required to play first.
Verb phrases
14.
do away with,
  1. to get rid of; abolish; stop.
  2. to kill:
    Bluebeard did away with all his wives.
Idioms
15.
away with,
  1. take away:
    Away with him!
  2. go away! leave!:
    Away with you!
16.
where away?, (of something sighted from a ship) in which direction? where?
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English aweg, reduction of on weg. See on, a-1, way
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  • The medical consensus has shifted away from bed rest for back pain and toward exercise.
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  • Everyone knows it's no fun to be away from your significant other.
  • Then, when you get away you still have the option to return if you want.
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  • Painful as it may be to think about, the fall semester looms a month away.
  • Tell me a tale about a wicked stepmother who has two children who run away to the woods.
  • Turning away some investors and telling those he accepted not to talk to outsiders produced a sense of exclusivity.
  • Over time, animals have developed many ways to stay away from predators.
  • To escape predators in the ocean, these cephalopods will speed away by shooting a jet of water.
British Dictionary definitions for away

away

/əˈweɪ/
adverb
1.
from a particular place; off: to swim away
2.
in or to another, usual, or proper place: to put toys away
3.
apart; at a distance: to keep away from strangers
4.
out of existence: the music faded away
5.
indicating motion, displacement, transfer, etc, from a normal or proper place, from a person's own possession, etc: to turn one's head away, to give away money
6.
indicating activity that is wasteful or designed to get rid of something: to sleep away the hours
7.
continuously: laughing away, fire away
8.
away with, a command for a person to go or be removed: away with you, away with him to prison!
9.
far and away, by a very great margin: far and away the biggest meal he'd ever eaten
10.
(Canadian) from away, from a part of Canada other than Newfoundland
adjective (usually postpositive)
11.
not present: away from school
12.
distant: he is a good way away
13.
having started; released: he was away before sunrise, bombs away!
14.
(also prenominal) (sport) played on an opponent's ground: an away game
15.
(golf) (of a ball or player) farthest from the hole
16.
(baseball) (of a player) having been put out
17.
(horse racing) relating to the outward portion or first half of a race
noun
18.
(sport) a game played or won at an opponent's ground
interjection
19.
an expression of dismissal
Word Origin
Old English on weg on way
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Word Origin and History for away
adv.

late Old English aweg, earlier on weg "on from this (that) place;" see a- (1) + way. Colloquial use for "without delay" (fire away, also right away) is from earlier sense of "onward in time" (16c.). Intensive use (e.g. away back) is American English, first attested 1818.

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Slang definitions & phrases for away

away

adverb
  1. Out: Two away in the top of the eighth (Baseball)
  2. In prison (Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with away
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